Here's to testing how holistic schools are; if there was ever a case that served to be a litmus test, I am it.
3/1 through 3/15: this has been a crippling week of daily rejects... not looking like law school is happening this year. However, it only takes one acceptance...
- 3/29: well the test is about over. I can say holism is not a practice at law schools with only the smallest of exceptions. Georgetown was clearly one of them.
- 4/22: my advice if you have sub-par numbers, or represent an anomaly, you are well served by turning in your application no later than November, and if possible, turn it in even sooner. Secondly, generally speaking, don't listen to the 'holistic' pitch from schools. Be realistic, and brace yourself for a rough run and realize that "reach schools" probably are not going to read your file, or give you must consideration. I am of the belief if they did in fact read every file and give strong consideration to all applicants, I would have garnered more waitlist decisions than I did. That said, it doesn't follow that you shouldn't put in 100% effort, meaning: write why "x" law school statements, write the additional prompt essays if you are given the opportunity.... if an admissions officer decides to give you a good review, you want to put your best foot forward. As evidenced by Georgetown, sometimes they do see your story, and will be receptive.
- 3/10 emailed and was placed on the "preferred waitlist." I am just pleased they closely read my app; put a check next to Georgetown for being holistic! I am kind of surprised, as I didn't write any of their additional prompts, nor did I write a why Georgetown essay (aside from being way below either of the GPA or LSAT indexes).
2/10 - notified under faculty review
2/16 - status checker says "decision letter sent"... only 6 days of review probably = reject.
2/16 - email rejection
- 1/16 faculty review
- 3/15 for some reason they keep holding onto me while accepting and rejecting people before and after when I turned in my application...
- 3/22 review status date changed.
- 4/3 rejected via email.
- Stanford faculty review 1/27
- Rejected via snail mail; you'll have an idea it is coming for the status checker will say "decision letter sent" at the top.
- 2/6 expedited rejection! They wasted no time sendin' me packing. Feels good to get the first rejection out of the way as I know there is more to come.
- 2/6 Notification via email under faculty review
- 3/13 rejected via status checker and received an email a few hours later.
- 2/7 under faculty review
- 3/27 under review 2
- 3/29 rejected via email. I suspect "review" was formality at best given the short turn around between status date changing and being rejected.
- 1/24 under faculty review
- 3/3 waitlisted via email
- 2/23 faculty review via status check
- 2/20 under review
- 4/11 looking at all the LSAT score below 160, Vanderbilt has essentially processed no one's application. Clearly they just throw you in the trash pile. If you are sub-160 on LSAT, I would say generally this school doesn't care to even process your app.
- 3/15 rejected via email.
- 2/27 rejected via email.
- taking forever to even complete my application... still "incomplete" over a month after submitting it.
- 3/2 still incomplete....
- 3/23 finally processed.
- 4/17 rejected via snail mail; received the letter on 4/22.
- 2/20 faculty review
- 4/12 UR2
- 4/17 UR3
- 4/20 rejected via email.
- 2/20 under faculty review; I screwed up by missing my online recorded interview deadline... probably going to sink any chance I had in the first place.
- 3/14 rejected on status checker.
- 2/27 under faculty review
- reject via email
- 2/13 under faculty review
- file updated as under review again 2/27
- 3/1 rejected via email
- 1/27(ish) under faculty review.
- 3/13 rejected via email.
- 3/2 over a month and a half, and my file still hasn't been sent to review.
- 3/14... USC sat on my app for two full months, now I am finally in review.
- 3/26 reject via email. You can almost bet it my app was never even read given the turn around time between first round of review and rejection.